Namco Bandai Games America has mentioned Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations will have 75 playable characters. Namco Bandai Games Japan and CyberConnect2 have both stated there will be over 70 playable characters, but have not specified an exact number. To date, actually, over 70 playable characters have already been confirmed. 71 to be exact.
The marketing of different numbers along with all of the speculation have left fans confused and hungry for a confirmation of the official count. We are hoping the number Namco Bandai Games America provided is correct, just because we Naruto fans love to have as many characters as possible! Whatever the final count ends up being though, we know there will be more then 71 characters. This comes from a tweet from CyberConnect2 in which they “safely say 71 is not the final number!”
So who hasn’t been revealed yet? We don’t know for sure, but one character that we would love to play as is Kabutomaru (also fan labeled as Kabuchimaru, among other things)! That’s Kabuto after he injected himself with Orochimaru’s cells.
A fan asked CyberConnect2 to give a smiley face as a response if there is hope for Kabutomaru. CyberConnect2’s response? A smiley face that looks like this: =0). Of course that is not a confirmation, but it does give us a little shimmer of hope that he could be a playable character! Let’s reiterate that again, Kabutomaru is not confirmed, but we are hoping he will be. This next week or two will be real interesting. We’re expecting big news, especially since Generations releases next week in Japan!
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations is a 3D fighter in works by CyberConnect2 for the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360. It will have a revamped online mode, over 70 playable characters, and at least 38 stages. The game is scheduled to be published in Japan on February 23, 2012, North America on March 13, 2012, and March 30, 2012 in Europe. For more information, please visit the Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations section.